Chase W Nelson

Musician. Writer. Singing Scientist.

  • “Chase Nelson prove[s] that science and the arts can mix.”

    Arik Bjorn, The Jasper Project

  • “Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.”

    Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way



  • Musician

  • Writer

  • Bioinformatician

  • Data analyst

I’m an artist who does science.

In science, my research focuses on the mechanisms driving genome evolution in humans and viruses, with applications to theory and medicine. In music, I am the vocal half of pop-folk duo Ginger Rice. In all these pursuits I am indebted to my mentors, too numerous to name, who have taught me the true meaning of friendship.

I believe that what is important is to find out the truth. In the words of Steinbeck, “If it is right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

Thanks for joining me on the journey.



I offer beginning lessons in singing, alto saxophone, and piano/theory in Taipei and Manhattan. Please send an email describing any prior training and your goals for study. Performance inquiries are also welcome. For more details, see my RESUMÉ.

Data Science

I am open to projects with an emphasis on bioinformatics and molecular evolution. My affiliate institutions include Academia Sinica, the American Museum of Natural History, and the National Cancer Institute. For more details, see my CURRICULUM VITAE (CV).